We’ve been having a great time getting re-acquainted with folders, figuring out how best to maximize their special features, comparing the strengths and weaknesses between competing models, and figuring out how to fit them into our routine. As I mentioned in a recent post, we purchased a pair of Bromptons for those times when we need to take the bikes in the car or on a train or bus that doesn’t have accommodations for full-sized bikes. It was a bit of a no-brainer as far as the Bromptons were concerned; I previously owned a Brompton and had already “drank the Kool-Aid” so to speak. It’s been a load of fun though, comparing our little M3Ls to the tricked out belt drive Dahon Mu XL Sport that Thor loaned us, as well as evaluating these bikes in the context of our experiences earlier in the year with the now defunct Jango Flik.
As part of this ongoing exercise, I thought it would be fun to merge a pair of photos of the aforementioned Brompton and Dahon. As you can see, the riding positions are nearly identical, even though the Dahon uses larger 20″ wheels compared to the Brommie’s petite 16″ wheels. The Dahon is lighter, but the famous Brompton fold is amazingly compact (the saddle on the Brompton actually retracts further than shown in the photo).
What we’re learning through all of this is that, like with full-sized bikes, each folder is different and has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Some ride more like big bikes, others are lightweight for easy carrying, and yet others fold into a neat and tidy package. As always, the trick is to identify the bike that best fits your unique priorities and needs.